Foreign Associations and Cooperatives - Renewal of the public utility status

The permanent representations of foreign associations and cooperatives can request the renewal of the public utility status.

The Portuguese associations, cooperatives and foundations and the permanent representations of foreign foundations must make the requests in the corresponding services.

Service channels

  • Request online

    Apply for renewal of public utility status

Procedure and requirements


  • submission of the request and start of the process by the legal representative of the entity     
  • analysis of the process by the SGPCM     
  • (eventual) preliminary rejection
  • (eventual) request for additional opinions from competent entities in the area of activity of the requesting entity (eventual) call for improvement
  • proposal for a decision
  • decision by the competent Government member
  • publication of the decision in the Official Gazette.

Additional Data

Territorial Scope
Foreign associations and cooperatives with a national, regional or local scope. Excludes permanent representations of foreign associations and cooperatives that carry out their activity exclusively in one of the Autonomous Regions.

Competent Entity

Secretaria-Geral da Presidência de Conselho de Ministros

Address: Rua Professor Gomes Teixeira, n.º 2 1399-022 LISBOA

Phone number: 213 927 600

Email address:

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